College Football: Five Star Focus - Results of Week 1

By Jeremy Cabler

A look at how the Five Star Freshman did in their first game in College. Aside for Alabama RB TJ Yeldon, many of the debuts were either average, or just plain non-existent.

Five Star Focus: Rankings are based on a weighted average from the major recruiting services around the nation.

1. DE Mario Edwards, Florida State

– Coach Jimbo Fisher said that they plan on Redshirting Edwards, but with the season ending injury to Brandon Jenkins, Edwards could see his first game action against Savannah State this weekend.

2. WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

-Green-Beckham didn’t get the start, but earned a solid amount of playing time. He finished with 3 catches (tied for team high) and 32 yards, as Missouri blew out SE Louisiana.

3. RB Johnathan Gray, Texas

-Was stuck behind Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown, who both finished with over a 100 yards against Wyoming, on the depth chart.  Only finished with 9 yards on 5 carries, but Mack Brown made it known that he would like to increase Gray’s workload as the season continues.

4. OT DJ HumphriesFlorida

Sophomore Chaz green got the start at RT, but Humphries did see the field in a win against Bowling Green.

5. S Landon Collins, Alabama

-Collins came off the bench and saw limited playing time failing to record a tackle.

6. DT Eddie GoldmanFlorida State

Goldman, the nation’s top DT, appeared in the game late in the second half against Murray State and recorded an assisted tackle.

7. DE Noah SpenceOhio State                 

Spence is clearly behind DE’s John Simon and J.T. Moore on the depth chart, but should see significant playing time coming off the bench in certain situations. In a win against Miami (OH), Spence tallied a sack for a 2 yard loss.

8. WR Eddie WilliamsAlabama

After starting his career at Alabama as a WR, Williams made the move to defense recently. First to CB, now he’s settled in at Safety. Williams didn’t see the field against Michigan, and this could be a redshirt season for him.

9. S Shaq ThompsonWashington

Thompson got the start as the Huskies opened up with DBs to begin the game against San Diego State. He only registered three tackles, but he was all over the field and helped create an interception when he cutoff an Aztec’s receivers route.

10. WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland

Diggs didn’t start, but he has the look of the most dynamic player for the Terrapins. He had 30 receiving yards on 3 catches and added 50 punt return yards on 3 attempts, with a long of 23. Diggs also chipped in with 7 rushing yards. The Terrapins offense lacks a dynamic playmaker, and Diggs most certainly has the skill to fill that role that Maryland most desperately needs.

11. DT Malcolm BrownTexas

With plenty of depth at DT, Brown earned little playing time late in the game. However he failed to register any stats for the Longhorns in a win against Wyoming.

12. RB TJ YeldonAlabama

Yeldon was arguably the most dynamic freshman this past weekend. Despite Eddie Lacy getting the start, Yeldon finished with a team high 11 carries for 111 yards, with a long of 40. He looked terrific running the ball and could end up as the Tide’s top RB when it’s all said and done. He also added a catch for 26 yards.

13. RB Keith MarshallGeorgia

Didn’t start the game against Buffalo, but finished with a team high 10 carries. Marshall ended the game with 51 yards with a long of 15. However, he was overshadowed by fellow freshman RB Todd Gurley, who finished with 100 yards on 8 carries.

14. OT Kyle Murphy, Stanford

-The Cardinal offensive line as a whole was different than many thought. Rumors were swirling that Murphy, or fellow recruit Andrus Peat would start at RT. Instead, normal LG David Yankey started at LT and Cameron Fleming started at RT in a win against San Jose St. Murphy did see action, and should still be in the hunt to start on the line in upcoming weeks.

15. DE Darius HamiltonRutgers

Hamilton moved inside to DT and is listed as the backup to senior Scott Vallone. He played around 20 snaps and failed to register a tackle.

16. OT Andrus Peat, Stanford

-See Kyle Murphy. Much like Murphy, Peat did see game action and will be given opportunities in upcoming weeks to contribute.

17. RB Trey WilliamsTexas A&M

Texas A&M game was canceled due to Hurricane Issac. Williams will get his first chance at home against Florida backing up senior Christine Michael.

18. QB Gunner KielNotre Dame

Kiel didn’t appear in the blowout win over Nay, and with two young QBs ahead of him on the roster, it’s likely that Kiel could redshirt this season.

19. DE Dante Fowler, Florida

-Fowler didn’t start against Bowling Green, but saw plenty of the field and left an impression on coaches. He finished with 3 total tackles including 0.5 tackle for loss.

20. DE Adolphus WashingtonOhio St.

Washington beefed up this offseason and made the move to DT. Backing up Jonathan Hankins, Washington finished the game with 2 tackles, including a sack for an 8 yard loss.

21. DE Jonathan Bullard, Florida

-Saw limited playing time at DE and finished the game with an assisted tackle.

22. DE Arik ArmsteadOregon

-Saw solid playing time despite not starting, and looks to be one of the first off the bench at the DE spot. Finished the game with 2 tackles.

23. OT. John TheusGeorgia

-Started at RT for the Bulldogs in their win over Buffalo, but suffered an ankle injury mid-way through the second half. Appears to be probable for their week 2 bout against Missouri

Jeremy Cabler covers the NFL Draft and College Football for Rant Sports. Check out his Scouting ReportsProspect Recaps, and Player Rankings

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